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looking for a savory stuffed acorn squash recipe

noya Oct 2, 2013 11:25 AM

So many recipes with sweeter fillings--cranberries, apricots, etc...looking for a completely savory filling. Ideas? TIA!

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    cathyeats Nov 2, 2013 12:45 PM

    Agree, too much sweetness in many recipes! Here's one I made up for my blog, and it's become one of my favorites:

    Stuffed Kabocha Squash with Quinoa and Chickpeas

    4 kabocha squash, halved horizontally*, seeded
    2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon olive oil
    2 cups thinly sliced leeks, white and light green parts
    2 cups red quinoa, rinsed thoroughly if not using the no-rinse variety
    ½ cup dry sherry
    3 1/2 cups vegetable stock (use a gluten-free stock if you are gluten-sensitive)
    ½ teaspoon salt (reduce amount if your stock is very salty)
    ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    2 tablespoons fresh chopped sage
    3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus additional for garnish
    1 ½ cups chickpeas (canned are fine here)
    2 tablespoons currants

    Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

    Rub the cut edges of the squash with a teaspoon of olive oil and place on a baking sheet (or two, as necessary), cut side down. Cover tightly with foil and roast until very tender, about 45 minutes.

    Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add the leeks and sauté until golden, about 10 minutes. Add the quinoa and cook, stirring, for two or three minutes. Add the sherry and cook for another minute. Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, until water is absorbed and quinoa is just tender. Adjust seasoning to taste.

    Turn the squash halves over and fill the cavities generously with the quinoa mixture. Return to the oven, cover lightly with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Garnish with additional chopped parsley and serve.

    * Helpful hint: slice a bit off the rounded bottom of each squash half to create a small flat surface (about 1 inch in diameter) and it will sit in the pan without wobbling.

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      chileheadmike Oct 11, 2013 01:41 PM

      My go to stuffing for AS is:

      Italian sausage
      Chopped mushrooms
      Diced bell pepper

      Brown the sausage add onion and saute until translucent. Then add the rest. Cook over low heat until mushrooms are done.

      Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Stuff the squash, hold both halves together and wrap in foil.

      This goes out on the Weber kettle with whatever is slow cooking. Squash takes about an hour.

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        AdinaA Oct 11, 2013 08:33 AM

        I am going to try Magiesmom's recipe. But for this meal I made a simple vegan curry, enhancing the flavor by browning oodles of onions and red peppers in olive oil, them simmering them with tomatoes and red dal. Blended curry spicing with an emphasis on ginger (I use the minced, jarred)

        I cut the acorn squash into thirds lengthwise and baked them soft. then I spread a thin layer of the red curry over the bottom of a pretty oven-to-table baking dish, placed the squash shells pulp side up on the layer of curry, and spooned curry into each shell. the orange, curry-filled squash shells sitting on a bed of red curry look gorgeous. I will serve with brown rice.

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          noya Oct 11, 2013 03:11 PM

          sounds insanely yum!

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          AdinaA Oct 9, 2013 05:04 AM

          I want a vegan protein-rich stuffing, something using beans or lentils. As an autumn main dish for vegan dinner guests. Acorn squash is such a nice presentation, glad Noya brought it up.

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          1. re: AdinaA
            cheesecake17 Oct 9, 2013 06:49 AM

            I'm planning to make magiesmoms recipe, adding in some lentils.

            1. re: cheesecake17
              magiesmom Oct 9, 2013 06:34 PM

              I've added both lentils and small red beans. The red is beautiful

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                cheesecake17 Oct 26, 2013 06:11 PM

                So I did short grain brown rice, mushrooms, onions, fresh thyme, and walnuts. It was a hit! Thanks :)

            2. re: AdinaA
              Ttrockwood Oct 11, 2013 07:10 PM

              A quinoa and lentil almond pilaf would be a high protein option, add in whatever veggies and spices- and a nice mushroom gravy or spicy tomato sauce depending on the herbs and veggies.

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              Leepa Oct 6, 2013 06:58 PM

              Several years ago I did a ground lamb, onion, some sort of grain (rice or maybe quinoa?), and feta cheese stuffing. It was yum.

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                Leepa Oct 11, 2013 12:50 PM

                Oops. Just noticed this was on the vegetarian/vegan board. So sorry for the inappropriate post. (blush)

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                  AdinaA Oct 11, 2013 01:29 PM

                  Sounds yummy, though.

                  1. re: Leepa
                    Ttrockwood Oct 11, 2013 07:06 PM

                    Haha, don't worry- i'm sure swapping in a meatless crumble or lentils would work too...

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                  Ttrockwood Oct 3, 2013 12:56 PM

                  Last time i made veggie burgers i had leftovers, a simple mix of shredded veggies (carrots, summer squash, chopped mushrooms),cooked lentils, cooked quinoa, onions, garlic, and walnuts. I baked the acorn squash until nearly done, added the filling and baked another 15-20min. I served with a basalmic vinegrette but a thin tomato sauce would also be nice. Parmesan or nutritional yeast to finish.

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                    asf78 Oct 2, 2013 02:21 PM

                    I can't remember the exact recipe, but I remember I once made a stuffing - almost salad like - of black beans and diced tomatoes in some sort of vinaigrette. It was served warm, but not super hot.

                    I have seen lots of winter squash with tomato recipes, including one a cousin made that had a Moroccan flavor profile (but she also used butternut squash, not acorn).

                    To me, acorn squash is so mild in flavor that I would think just about any savory stuffing you enjoy would work well. I could even see making a chili and using the acorn squash as the bowl...

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                    1. re: asf78
                      noya Oct 3, 2013 09:33 AM

                      great ideas, thanks

                    2. coll Oct 2, 2013 01:52 PM

                      I invented something with banana bread and banana liqueur, guess that might be too sweet?

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                      1. re: coll
                        noya Oct 3, 2013 09:34 AM

                        yes but thanks!

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                        magiesmom Oct 2, 2013 01:48 PM

                        My favorite savory stuffing is wild rice, wild or domestic mushrooms, and roasted garlic. A tiny tiny bit of fresh sage can be added, as can walnuts or pecans.

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                        1. re: magiesmom
                          noya Oct 3, 2013 09:33 AM

                          magiesmom, this sounds PERFECT!!! Love this idea. Thank you so much for the suggestion!

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                            magiesmom Oct 5, 2013 10:34 AM

                            You are very welcome

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                            cheesecake17 Oct 6, 2013 06:55 PM

                            I'm going to try this! Have acorn squashes sitting on the counter. Do you fully cook the filling and then put it in the raw squash and cook again?

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                              magiesmom Oct 9, 2013 02:55 AM

                              Yes, I do fully cook and then bake in the squash.

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                              schrutefarms Oct 8, 2013 04:38 PM

                              Yum! I'd top with a mushroom gravy!

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